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  • Writer's picturePatrick Broadbent


While it’s more renowned for its spectacular scenery and adrenaline activities, Queenstown has just as much for travelling foodies. Here are our top 5 food spots to inspire your appetite.

Named amongst the world’s “best and bizarre” burger experiences by Lonely Planet, Fergburger is a true Queenstown icon and no trip to the region is complete without a stop at ‘Ferg’s’. First opened in 2011 in a garage on an obscure laneway, it can now be found on Shotover Street with a permanent hour-long queue – but these delicious and generously-portioned burgers are every bit worth the hype and the queue (says nearly all 11,213 reviews on TripAdvisor).

Find them at:

42 Shotover St, Queenstown

Must try:

Little Lamby (High country lamb, mint jelly, lettuce, tomato, red onion, aioli & tomato relish)


Owned and operated by Michelin starred chef Josh Emett, Rata takes inspiration from the southern landscape and showcases the best in New Zealand wine and cuisine. The menu here celebrates the regional produce and you’ll find items like Goat Cheese Profiteroles, Cloudy Bay Clams and Moko smoked eel.

Find them at:

43 Ballarat Street, Queenstown

Must try:

Southland Cheese Roll

Vudu Cafe & Larder

Located on the waterfront in the heart of Queenstown, Vudu Cafe & Larder is a beautiful modern cafe committed to using fresh, seasonal and local produce. There is always a great selection of fresh cabinet options as well as a wide variety of menu items which change with season.

Find them at:

16 Rees St, Queenstown

Must try:

French toast pudding (maple apple & carrot, vanilla custard, lemon mascarpone, walnut crumble)

Bespoke Kitchen

Nestled on the hills overlooking The Remarkables, Bespoke Kitchen is another Queenstown institution opened by Chris Vile, Rae Ellis and Michelle Freeman (owners of Vudu Cafe & Larder). Winner of the NZ Café of the Year 2016, the meals here are hearty and nutricious with a focus on organic and raw ingredients.

Find them at:

9 Isle Street Queenstown

Must try:

Hash (potato, turmeric, spring onion & zucchini hash, fried egg, tamarind chutney, seed dukkah, lemon coriander aioli)

No5 Church Lane

For delicious cocktails and the best Mediterranean cuisine made with local produce, No5 Church Lane offers all of that in an understated, stylish environment. While the mezze offering is perfect for groups and a great way try a bit of everything, the breakfast menu is equally standout and worth trying.

Find them at :

3-5 Church Lane Queenstown

Must try:

Homemade pork sausages (served with potato & parsnip rosti, giant baked beans in tomato sauce)

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